Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has declared rural West Bengal as open defecation free (ODF) and said that her government will now focus on solid waste management. Around 1.35 crore households in rural Bengal have been covered by the ‘Mission Nirmal Bangla’, which aimed at making all villages open defecation free (ODF) by October 2. “I’m happy to share with all of you that rural Bengal is now open defecation free. Government of India has confirmed our achievement which was our mission towards cleaner and greener environment and safe living,” Banerjee tweeted on Friday night. “Our next focus will be solid waste management,” she added.
SAINT JOHN, N.B. — On the day he was savagely beaten to death, multi-millionaire businessman Richard Oland was catching up on work in his Saint John office and appeared pleased when his only son, Dennis, popped in to discuss genealogy and the Oland family tree.Over seven years later, Dennis Oland is on trial for a second time for the bludgeoning death of his dad on that day in 2011, and prosecutors have told the court money was the motive.Maureen Adamson, Richard Oland’s executive assistant at the time of his death, was on the stand for day two of the Oland murder retrial on Thursday, recounting the daily routine of the office in uptown Saint John which included keeping track of money Dennis owed his father.She was the first to discover the body on the morning of July 7, 2011. Oland, 69, had been struck 45 times, mostly on the head, with a weapon that was never found.Adamson said Dennis was making interest-only payments of $1,666.67 per month on a loan of more than half a million dollars Richard Oland had extended when Dennis was in a tight financial spot due to divorce several years earlier.Under cross-examination by defence lawyer Michael Lacy, a new member of the Oland defence team, Adamson described what she knew about the relationship between father and son, saying she did not see signs of the strained and troubled relationship referred to by prosecutors.Adamson said Dennis Oland was not a frequent visitor to his father’s uptown Saint John office, but when he showed up late in the day of July 6, 2011 — the day of the murder — Richard Oland seemed happy to see him.“It was an animated hello, a ‘Hey Dennis’,” she said of Richard Oland’s greeting to the man subsequently accused of his murder.“He seemed happy to see him.”Adamson said both Olands were engrossed in research Dennis was spearheading into the family tree, stretching back to its roots in Great Britain. The Olands are one of the best known business families in the Maritimes, where they have been involved in brewing beer since the 19th century.Richard Oland was a former executive with Moosehead Breweries in Saint John, although he left the company in the early 1980s. Adamson said he was worth about $37 million.On the day of the murder, she left shortly after Dennis Oland’s arrival at around 5:30 p.m. From that point on, father and son were alone in the office.Dennis said he left a little after 6:30 p.m. and headed back to his home in Rothesay, on the outskirts of the city. He told police his father was fine when he left and he has steadfastly maintained he is innocent of the crime.Adamson said she thought the father and son got along well.“Aside from the normal grumblings most people have with family members … I thought they got along well,” Adamson said. “I did not see that stress I heard about later (during the first trial).”Dennis Oland, 50, was convicted in 2015 of the second-degree murder of his father after a lengthy jury trial. That conviction was set aside on appeal in 2016 and a new trial ordered.The second jury trial was declared a mistrial before it got started earlier this week. Justice Terrence Morrison of the New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench cited “improprieties” in the jury selection process. It turned out a Saint John police officer coordinating files for Crown prosecutors was accessing an internal police database to research jurors in violation of a directive from the Supreme Court of Canada.The Crown was not involved in the improper searches and immediately informed the defence and the judge. The trial is now being heard by Morrison alone.Chris Morris, The Canadian Press
As well as music there will be a Silent Auction, 50/50 Draw, Guitar Raffle, Refreshments and Midnight Lunch as ‘Dale takes the lead on ALS.’There will be Safe Rides to and from the event.In October 2018, Dale Miller was given the diagnosis of familial Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). A very rare condition, the incidence of ALS in Canada is 2/100,000 and of those cases, 5-10% is the familial type of ALS. There are only about 150-300 people in Canada with familial ALS.A GoFundMe Account has been set up in Miller’s name as the Account says, ‘With ALS, everyone’s situation progresses in an unpredictable fashion but leads to the same outcome. This is a fatal condition and there is no hope for a cure in Dale’s lifetime. Dale’s remaining time will include a gradual, but certain, decline in mobility and independence.’The Account goes on to share Dale has been unable to work since his diagnosis and having lived a life of modest means and hard work, often seasonal in nature, financial resources are extremely limited. Dale and Pam are already trying to prepare for the financial and emotional challenges they will need to face together.Dale and Pam have lived and worked in the Fort St. John, BC, area for many years. Many know Dale as a musician as he has been actively engaged in the live music scene around town, playing in various ensembles, both formally and informally, (some of you may know him as “Sea-legs” or “Silverback” or “Big Sexy”). FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Miller Mayhem Benefit Event is set to help raise funds for Dale Miller and his battle with ALS.The Fundraiser has been set to take place at the Taylor Curling Club on Saturday, May 11th, 2019 from 7 pm – 1:30 am. Entry to the Event is by Donation.Several local musicians will be performing the night such as Rob Fraser, Cory Hipkiss, Airik Clark, Smokey Roads, Inroads and Rob Doucette and friends. To view the GoFundMe; CLICK HERE To view the FB Event; CLICK HERE
“It is critical that WFP has the necessary resources to come to the aid of people who are most vulnerable and have been repeatedly affected by a crisis that erupted two years ago,” said Bienvenu Djossa, WFP Country Director in the Central African Republic (CAR). According to WFP, nearly 900,000 people are still displaced or have taken refuge in neighbouring countries since the start of the conflict in 2013 and the agency and its partners aim to assist 1.2 million people in areas worst-affected by conflict and hunger. The agency urgently requires $21 million to continue providing vital assistance to families in need through to the end of the year. “More than 40,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in a matter of days,” according to Mr. Djossa.“The situation remains tense and volatile, but WFP has been able to reach over the past week those most in need, people who have been cut off from any assistance for days, and living in difficult circumstances in over 20 displacement sites,” Mr. Djossa said.He went on to say that even before this latest escalation in violence, “about one in four people were in need of urgent food assistance, and were struggling to recover from the widespread disruption the conflict caused to their lives.”
A British resident fighting extradition to Romania has told how he fears he will die in prison if he is deported to face “unfounded” corruption charges.Alexander Adamescu says he will suffer the same fate as his father Dan, who has died in hospital as a result of blood poisoning contracted in a Romanian jail.Mr Adamescu Jnr claims corrupt elements within Romanian state are determined to destroy his family and seize their business assets.Mr Adamescu Snr, 68, a millionaire businessman who owned one of Romania’s largest opposition newspapers, died in a hospital on Monday night after contracting sepsis at the notorious high security Rahova prison, where he was serving four years for bribery.His son, who lives in London with his wife and three young children, told The Daily Telegraph: “The appalling treatment of my father demonstrates the total breakdown of the rule of law and due process in Romania, and the vindictive persecution that its government authorities have inflicted upon him.“By killing my father they have put me on notice of their intentions. If extradited, I fear it would not be long before I, too, would be disposed of and my little children orphaned.”Mr Adamescu added: “Should the UK ignore my, and many others’ warnings, about the parlous state of justice in Romania and fail to prevent my unlawful extradition, it is inevitable that I will be subject to the same persecution and abuse that claimed my father’s life. I have no doubts that I’m to be done away with next to finish the job.” The report concludes: “There can be little doubt that Alexander Adamescu is being pursued because he is Dan Adamescu’s son, and the prosecution has been predicated on the desire to ‘decapitate’ the Adamescu family’s holdings and their influence.”The EU routinely labels the country as one of the most corrupt in Europe and has placed it, along with neighbouring Bulgaria, under a corruption monitoring scheme. A European parliament study estimated Romania lost about 15 per cent of its GDP to corruption.However, observers say the Romanian authorities have put significant effort into prosecuting corrupt businessmen and politicians as part of their bid to win closer European integration, including accession to the Eurozone.Under the campaign some of the country’s most powerful businessmen have been brought down, along with a string of high-profile government ministers. They include Mr Ponta, who is currently battling corruption charges of his own, including tax evasion and money laundering.The Romanian National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) denied conspiring to seize the Adamescus’ business holdings and said Mr Adamescu Snr had received a fair trial. Earlier this month Mr Adamescu’s wife accused Romanian government agents of attempting to kidnap her from a London street.Adriana Constantinescu described how two masked men tried to drag her into a car outside her St John’s Wood home after she had dropped her children off.She described the attack on her in March last year as “terrifying”.“There was nothing random about this kidnap attempt – it is symptomatic of the attempts by the Romanian prosecutors and intelligence agents to intimidate us and show us what they are capable of doing,” she said. “It is the typical Romanian neo-Communist fashion to go after the entire family, wife, children, babies, when you want to destroy a person.”Scotland Yard said the incident was still subject to an ongoing investigation, but that no arrests had been made and there had been few leads to pursue.Mr Adamescu, 38, who is a German citizen, was arrested last June and locked up in Wandsworth Prison for two nights before being released on bail pending a EAW hearing into his case in April.The Romanian authorities are demanding his extradition as part of a wider case against Mr Adamescu’s father Dan, a businessman and proprietor of the opposition newspaper Romania Libera, had been found guilty of attempting to bribe judges in his case, charges his family say were completely unfounded. Alexander Adamescu, pictured here with his wife Adriana, fears he will die in prison if he is extradited to RomaniaCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley/The Telegraph Mr Adamescu claims the authorities are using the European Arrest Warrant to seek his extradition from Britain on the pretext of fighting corruption at home. In September last year he was moved from a six man prison cell – where he claimed he suffered from inhumane and unsanitary conditions – to a hospital intensive care ward attached to Jilava prison, near Bucharest, to receive treatment for sepsis.Alexander Adamescu’s lawyer, Robert Amsterdam, said: “The horrific and intentional mistreatment of Dan Adamescu, which has lead to his death, represented a grave violation of his human rights and is aimed at controlling his newspaper and expropriating his businesses.” The family’s supporters claim former-Communist elements within Romania’s security services fabricated a bribery case against the Astra insurance company run by Mr Adamescu Snr, which had grown to become the country’s largest.They claim that in February 2014 the then-Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta instructed market regulators to take control of the firm, which was subsequently liquidated.Dan Adamescu was the founder of Nova Group, which holds stakes in several shopping centres, offices and hotels in the Romanian capital, including the InterContinental Hotel Bucharest.A high level report by a senior figure in British intelligence, seen by The Telegraph, says that Romania is seeking Alexander’s extradition and trial in an attempt to silence him and thwart the Adamescu family’s attempt to win millions of Euros in compensation from the authorities. 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Stay on target ‘Cuphead’ Cartoon Is Coming to NetflixTesla Adds ‘Sadistically Difficult’ Cuphead to In-Vehicle Game Lineup Cuphead was released this past weekend and it has been kicking gamer’s asses around the world. The beautifully hand-drawn graphics and whimsical vibe do not properly convey Cuphead‘s punishingly brutal nature. As challenging as the game is, we knew it would only be a matter of time before speed runners began taking a crack at finishing the game quickly. With that said, I don’t think anyone was prepared to see a record completion time set mere days after launch.A Twitch streamer by the name of Frayzlo managed to complete Cuphead in 46 minutes and six seconds. As reported on GameRant, he completed the first world in under 15 minutes, the second world in around 10 minutes, and the third world in just over 15. It is difficult to say how many times he had to play through the game in order to arrive at this record time. While each boss can be defeated in minutes, it takes a while to learn their specific patterns. This is the reason why it normally takes most folks 8-12 hours to even finish Cuphead.You can see how Frayzlo manages to seemingly impossible in the video below.Watch live video from FRAYZLO on www.twitch.tvAs great as this run is, it’s not perfect. Frayzlo has to restart a few times (did we mention this game is hard?). As a person who has only just gotten to the second world, I do not say that as criticism. If Frayslo can manage to decrease the number of times he has to restart then he can definitely shorten his play time. If he (or any other streamer) can play through Cuphead with little to no deaths, then it’s entirely possible the record-setting 46 minute speed run will be beaten eventually. It’s going to take a lot of work, but I’m sure Frayzlo and his fellow speed runners are up to the challenge.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Stay on target And you thought needles were scary: Researchers are using scorpion venom to transport drugs to the brain.The Peptides and Proteins lab at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) modified the amino acid chain chlorotoxin—present in scorpion venom—to carry medicine across humans’ blood-brain barrier (BBB).An important mechanism for protecting the brain from harmful substances, the roadblock also prevents medication used to treat neurological diseases and tumors from entering the organ.“About 98 percent of drugs that could have therapeutic applications cannot be used because they cannot cross this barrier,” lab head Ernest Giralt said in a statement.In an effort to bypass the BBB, researchers chemically synthesized chlorotoxin, a 36-amino acid peptide shuttle with blood-brain barrier permeability.As described in a paper published by the journal Chemical Communications, the team found that a monocyclic peptidomimetic version of the protein, known as MiniCTX3, has the capacity to transport compounds across the divide “with great efficiency.”“Our goal is to enable drugs to enter the brain and to do this we bind them with peptides specifically designed to cross the BBB,” research co-leader Meritxell Teixidó said.Just as traditional medicine uses plants and flowers to treat diseases, the Spanish lab—one of only two or three groups worldwide devoted to shuttle peptides—has found inspiration in other natural products: poisons.“We are working on a number of strategies,” Giralt said, “and one of them is venom.”In previous studies, the scientists made chemical modifications to bee venom (namely apamin) to obtain a shuttle with BBB permeability.“Thousands of venoms that hold millions of peptides with the shuttle potential have been described,” according to Teixidó. “We chose chlorotoxin because it has already been reported that it acts like a toxin in the brain.”Scorpion venom as a human pharmaceutical is not new: So-called “tumor paint,” derived from the arachnid’s toxin, can be injected into the bloodstream to highlight cancer cells.More neurological coverage on Geek.com:Lab-Grown Retinas Reveal How Humans See Color‘Microdosing’ Psychedelics Might Impact Creativity, Study Says‘Social Network’ BrainNet Lets People Communicate Mentally Toy Tuesday: The Most Fatal ‘Mortal Kombat’ Toys11 Marvel Characters Everyone Forgot About
9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Mojo Rawley & Zack Ryder def. Noah Kekoa & Alexander Wolfe in an opening round match of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic on Thursday night. The match was taped at an NXT live event in Orlando, Florida. Marcus Louis was originally slated to be Wolfe’s partner, based off bracketing shown on the 9/2 WWE NXT TV, but that wound up not being the case.Source: PWInsider.com Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action Facebook
Big trouble in little China Load More RelatedPosts Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR raked in income from gaming operations of Php15.8 billion in the three months to 31 December 2018, a 12.5% year-on-year increase.The solid growth figures saw the government’s share through taxes increase from Php7.9 billion in 1Q17 to Php8.3 billion in 2018, which includes a mandatory 50% tax on PAGCOR’s gaming income and a further 5% Franchise Tax. Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August PAGCOR’s expenses, which include corporate social responsibility payments and contributions mandated by special law, grew 9.66% to Php7.0 billion, leaving the regulatory body with net income of Php1.4 billion – up 7.63% on the same period in 2017.The Philippines gaming industry has been on a hot streak of late, with casino GGR rising 15.7% in 2017 to Php75.9 billion. Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August
Just 7% of hospitality employee respondents would feel comfortable talking to their employer about their mental health, according to research by Pizza Hut and Mental Health UK.The research, which surveyed 500 UK hospitality employees, also found that more than half (56%) of respondents have received adverse treatment at work as a result of a mental health issue.The research also found:44% of respondents would not talk to anyone about their mental health, not even friends or family.15% of respondents believe that mental health at work is the responsibility of the entire organisation.24% of respondents feel that offering flexible working is the best way that employers in the hospitality industry can support employees’ mental health.Kathryn Austin (pictured), director of HR and marketing at Pizza Hut Restaurants, said: “Research tells us that one in four people in this country are affected by mental health each year. When you consider the number of people working in hospitality and using hospitality services, this puts our industry in a unique position to impact people’s lives for the better. We know we have a responsibility to support and protect all the people who touch our business, whether that’s our employees or our guests.“As a business we put people at the heart of everything we do and that’s why we are investing heavily in training and development. It’s not just about teaching our people the skills they need to do their jobs, but also giving them skills for life including behavioural, emotional and relationship skills.”Emma Malcolm, associate director for fundraising and engagement at Rethink Mental Illness, added: “It is incredibly important to support your staff’s mental health in the workplace. As these findings highlight, mental health problems are extremely common, and yet people still shy away from talking openly about them with colleagues.“We are delighted to be working with Pizza Hut Restaurants to help [it] lead the way in the hospitality industry and make it a priority to support the mental wellbeing of its employees through fundraising and training opportunities.”
Ananya PandayInstagramShe is young, spunky, confident and rather frank in her chat with the media for Student of the Year 2 (SOTY 2), her acting debut in Bollywood. So when Ananya Panday, actor Chunky Panday’s daughter, tells us that she looks up to Alia Bhatt as her role model in Bollywood, we are not surprised and we know she is following in the right footsteps. Like Alia Bhatt, who made her debut in Karan Johar’s production and directorial Student of the Year, Ananya Panday makes her debut in SOTY 2. The sequel is produced by Dharma Productions and directed by Punit Malhotra.International Business Times, India speaks to Ananya Panday on her experience working in her debut film, her first co-star Tiger Shroff, her upcoming projects, being an industry kid and her father Chunky Panday’s struggle, and her bestie Suhana Khan.Ananya also speaks about working with Tiger Shroff and Will Smith, and not getting a chance to work with her favourite Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra. Ananya, who is rather popular on Instagram, also reveals how she tackles trolls. Excerpts from the chat.IBTIMES: This is your debut film and first experience of promoting a film. How has been the experience?Ananya Panday: We’re just back from shooting for Super Dancer (the dance reality show). This is my first promotional, so I’m excited for everything. Karan Johar gave me the title ‘Keen Kumari’ on Koffee with Karan. So, I’m really taking that forward and I’m the enthu cutlet of the group. I’m very excited about the promotions and all these firsts that I’m having for my debut SOTY 2, like my first song launch, first trailer launch first city visit and so on. I’m never gonna get this time again, so I’m just making the most of it.Tell us about your character in Student of the Year 2. Did you audition for the role with Dharma Productions? Student of the Year 2 poster.TwitterMy character’s name is Shreya. She’s very feisty and won’t take no for an answer. She fights for what she thinks is right, but is a little misunderstood. I’m quite similar to my character.The first time I heard the script of SOTY 2 was in this room (where the interview was being conducted at Dharma), so it’s weird – I’ve not come here after that. I gave an audition in another room and it was a very scary, ‘cos I thought Karan Johar will be there. But he wasn’t there and later saw the audition video of my two scenes, and the team really liked it.At the time, I was just 18 and on my way to USC (University of Southern California) to study media and communication. I was being practical that if I don’t get through the audition of SOTY 2, I would study and then maybe come back and pursue acting. If I hadn’t landed SOTY 2, I don’t know which film would’ve been my debut. Being young, there are not many roles that I could do. But I cleared the auditions and once I knew I was part of the film, I stayed back.Have you trained as an actor in a film school?I’ve always wanted to be an actor, but I’m not a trained actor. I’ve just played ‘acting games’ with Suhana Khan (Shah Rukh Khan’s daughter) and Shanaya Kapoor (Sanjay Kapoor’s daughter), imitating our moms Gauri, Bhavna and all. (Smiles) I’ve pursued drama in school. Since my grandparents were doctors and I love biology as a subject, I almost had this moment in life when I thought I’ll be a doctor. But no, acting is my calling. I’m a very filmi bachcha.SOTY 2 releases on May 10. Are you nervous about your Bollywood debut? Are you ready for the comparisons with the original Student of the Year?I’m actually very excited. I was nervous before the trailer launch. But now, I’m just waiting for people to watch it. We’ve worked so hard and for so long. There’s so much love attached to this film. I think it’s natural that people are gonna compare the two films, since it’s a franchise. And the first three students have such a big, massive fan-following. It’s normal to compare, but SOTY 2 is a very different film, so I don’t know what points audiences will compare it on. I hope they like our film as well.What was the advice from Karan Johar for SOTY 2?Karan asked me whose career I looked up to in the industry and who I aspired to be, and I said, ‘Alia Bhatt’. She’s my absolute favourite since the start. I’m not trying to be like Alia or follow what she’s done, but I really admire her. Karan told me, ‘You do you’. Alia is where she is because she has been herself and always made her own decisions, and done different things, which people have appreciated. Alia Bhatt with Ananya Panday.InstagramHow were your preparations for SOTY 2?I’m very lucky that my first film was with Tiger Shroff. I really had to keep my energy levels high and up my game in dance. I’ve learnt from Tiger Shroff now, but I really had to practice my steps, ‘cos he was always practicing, even if there were two minutes in between shots.Apart from Tiger Shroff, how was it shaking a leg with Hollywood star Will Smith?I missed not shaking a leg with Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra, the original stars in Student of the Year. Will Smith was a good alternative to that. There was so much hype before he entered the set and everyone was quiet. Once he came in, it was even more magical. He’s such a lovely person and didn’t have any airs about him. Between shots, he didn’t behave like some star, although he has every right to. That’s something we all need to learn from him.You belong to a film family and enjoy certain privileges. Do you think about it?I’m well aware of my privilege, like I’ve said on KWK, too that I know I belong to a film family. But for me it’s been like, my father was a huge star before I was born. After I was born, he took a break from those big films. I have seen ups and downs in his career, and know well enough not to take advantage of anything. I also auditioned for this film, and this has been my dream as well. So, I don’t think it’s fair to take that away from me. I don’t want to take anything away from my father as well, because he’s worked so hard and got a lot of respect and love in the industry. Wherever I go, it’s always about my father. So, I don’t want any negative attachments associated with my dad because of me. I think I just have to work doubly hard and find my place in people’s hearts.Do you follow your father Chunky Panday’s work?I love his film Aankhein because I love Govinda and his chemistry in the film. It’s amazing. I love his recent films like Housefull. I’ve not watched a lot of his old films, but now I should!What advice did your father give you before you entered the industry?He didn’t give any advice, because he knows that the times are very different now. Even if he tries, our generation is too different from theirs, so it might not be applicable right now. But I’ve learnt a lot from his behavior and that he has always stayed the same person in spite of failures and successes. He is always ready to laugh at himself. The fact that he never got affected by failure or trolling helps me, I’m also taking the trolling in a positive way. Thick skin is in our family.What do you have to say about Suhana Khan’s acting debut in Bollywood? Ananya Panday, Suhana Khan and Shanaya Kapoor.InstagramSuhana’s going to NYU (New York University) for studying acting and I think that’s amazing. She is such a good actor, if you’ve seen her videos online. I’ve always seen her act and loved how she is. We don’t have any serious conversations about acting. We’re like sisters so, it’s the fun and fluffy stuff. But if anyone is making a film on three best friends, please cast Suhana, Shanaya and I – maybe a Dil Chahta Hai 2!Suhana and Shanaya were so excited seeing me in the SOTY 2 trailer. I don’t think they can believe it that I’m actually in a film. Even I can’t believe it! When I saw the trailer, I thought it was someone else’s film, but then I realised it’s us on the screen. It’s not sunk in yet. We always send each other pictures on the Charlie’s Angels group that we have on WhatsApp. There’s just so much love around SOTY 2.How does it feel when fans shout out your name during promotions?We have Tiger with us, so everyone’s screaming for Tiger! So, we (Tara and Ananya) are just like, ‘Hi, please notice us. We’re also here’. Most of the attention of fans is with Tiger and I’m happy. We’re very lucky that we’ve such a big star. He’s so humble and the attention he is getting is crazy. We’re just getting a small part of it. I hope that one day I will get the same.How did you land a role in Pati, Patni Aur Who? Taapsee Pannu was supposed to play a part in in the film, but was dropped without notice. Any comments?They saw me in a Lakme ad and that is how I landed the role. Actors in general, and I, don’t get involved in the casting process. I think the role that Taapsee was supposed to do was the one Bhumi Pednekar is doing. I don’t think she lost the role because Taapsee is an outsider. I think talent speaks…I’d love to work with Taapsee Pannu one day.We guess this grounded nature comes to Ananya Panday from her family.My mom gives me a reality check. She’s been through my father’s ups and downs, so now she knows how it is. When you are in that storm, like my dad was, my mom saw it from the outside.How do you react to the various memes around SOTY 2 on social media?I love it! Since Koffee with Karan only my expressions have become memes. I love sharing them and put them out on my (Instagram) Stories and they’re really funny.Will you be choosy about your films?I don’t think I ever want to take a break. I don’t think I want to not be in front of people’s eyes for a long time, because I feel that people’s attention span is short. So, I wanna make sure I do as much good work as I can. I don’t want to take it easy or take things lightly. I just want to keep working and keep being visible to people.
[Representational image]Creative CommonsThe Union Power Minister RK Singh on Thursday said that all homes in India will be provided uninterrupted 24-hour electricity supply throughout the year. Although a welcome move, it can take a hit on the companies that sell inverter across the country.Earlier, reports suggested that the power backup industry is expected to surge due to the regular power cuts in the country especially during the dry season. So till now, the power outage in India is largely met through the installation of inverters and generators.However, with the government’s efforts to reduce power cuts close to zero, this might bring down the demand for power backups substantially.Singh also said that by the end of next year, 1,694 villages which still does not have access to electricity will have power connection and the work is also in progress.He further added that a new law will be enacted to impose penalties on power distributors if they failed to provide uninterrupted power after March 2019. Only technical reasons will be taken under consideration.The government has set a target of cutting down the transmission and distribution (T&D) losses of power to 15 percent from 21 percent at present by January 2019.The Power Minister also said that the Centre will also spend Rs 1,75,000 crore to improve the power infrastructure in the country. An employee works on electric pylons at a power station in Greater Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi June 8, 2012 (representational image).Reuters fileReports also suggest that to expand electricity supply, the government also aims to distribute solar panels with battery packs to households in areas that are too remote for transmission lines.”India, which wants renewable power sources excluding major hydropower plants to account for 40 percent of installed capacity by 2030, would also push states to deliver on commitments to supply power from clean sources,” said Singh.
A Dhaka court on Tuesday sentenced three people to life term imprisonment for killing one Humayun Kabir Titu in Kadamtali area of Demra over enmity in 2010, reports UNB.Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal- 4 judge Abdur Rahman passed the order in the morning.All three lifers – Md Sohag alias Bara Sohag, Md Mamun Sheikh and Rabin Sheikh are on the run.The court also fined each of the convicts Tk 20,000 in default of which they would have to serve one year more in jail. The court acquitted three other accused in the case.According to the case statement, Titu was shot dead on 26 November in 2010 while he was returning to his home.
Obaidul QuaderRuling Awami League’s general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader has expressed his helplessness in dealing with the chaotic situation in the country’s transport sector.”I, myself, am helpless. Helplessness grasps me, too. Aren’t I a human being? I’m a minister, shall I evade my responsibilities?” Obaidul Quader said while talking to newsmen after a programme on Friday.Over the state of roads, he said, ”Wherever you go in Bangladesh, you’ll see development works going on for roads and bridges. Won’t they have birth pains? Why don’t you accept this? A section of our media is politicising this matter.”The road transport and bridges minister urged all not to criticise him over the transport sector.”I urge everyone not to corner me. I have limitations, of course. But, I remain a fighter and won’t be depressed since criticism just corrects me. Those who criticise me will one day realise that the criticism was not right,” he said.Slamming the drivers of public transport, Obaidul Quader said, ”No one maintains road discipline. Our drivers don’t bother about lives; they just keep money and earning in their mind.”
Stay on target About a year and a half ago I went over to Microsoft’s swanky New York City store to tour their new esports stadium, a really impressive space for broadcasting competitive gaming events like they were something out of a prime time sports show. But the point of the arena wasn’t to impress journalists, it was to build awareness for Mixer, Microsoft’s video game live streaming platform to challenge the likes of Twitch and YouTube.Since then Mixer has grown to over 20 million active users. They’re spread across Xbox and Windows 10 owners, where streaming requires just no extra work beyond a button press, and iOS and Android owners who download the app. We’re hoping Mixer also finds a way to benefit from the Microsoft/Nintendo bromance. But with the overall potential streaming audience nearing two-thirds of a billion people, Microsoft wants to push Mixer even harder. And they recently showed me some of the new features they think will make this happen.While part of making Mixer better involves tech improvements, it’s also a matter of letting more players know the service exists in the first place and telling them about features that are already there. Mixer already boasts low-latency “Faster Than Light” streaming for better streamer/audience communication, as well as the ability for users to co-stream together, useful for, say, Apex Legends squads or a Fortnite coach. On the viewers’ end it’s also easy to find the most exciting plays of select games (mostly battle royales) thanks to the HypeZone channel analyzing footage through a trained A.I. that doesn’t care about celebrity.But the more interesting Mixer features to me are the ones that almost want to turn the act of watching streams into a kind of game in and of itself, and not in a Google Stadia kind of way. Ever since Twitch Plays Pokemon it was only a matter of time before a company made a way for viewers to interact with a streamed game live in a way that doesn’t involve an illegal ROM hack. And on Mixer viewers can plug in a controller to influence or even straight-up play games like Minecraft and No Man’s Sky alongside streamers.There are other ways in which the viewing experience has become less passive (especially compared to this sentence). Last year when Forza Horizon 4 launched players could earn in-game influence by streaming on Mixer. But now viewers can also gain a kind of influence by watching streams. By sticking with certain streamers and helping them achieve certain viewership milestones, viewers generate in-game Sparks currency that pays off real money (and valuable engagement insight) for these personalities.Viewers can also buy premium Ember currency to support streamers even more directly, filling the screen with skills like GIFs and emotes like literal money trains for the whole audience to see. It’s like a free-to-play mobile game economic model where the product is an actual person’s livelihood, so it feels just a tad more ethical. Microsoft can also use these systems to reward positive player behavior, like using the currency to fund anti-harassment charities when players ignore bullies. And while this feature is coming later in “Mixer Season 2,” eventually players will be able to level up their standing in a certain channel’s community and receive rewards at the streamer’s discretion.As much as I like playing video games, I think watching other people play them is painfully boring. So if streaming is going to keep being a thing, kudos to Mixer for making it a little more entertaining for those of us not holding the controller. For more on streaming check out these streaming TV services if you’re looking to cut the cord, and read the deep dive on the ongoing streaming wars on our sister site PCMag.com. Twitch Streams Porn on Ninja’s Old AccountDisney+ Gets Fox Movie Remakes, Hulu/ESPN Bundle
More information: Patentvia AppleInsider Credit: USPTO (Phys.org) —An Apple iPhone invention would allow you to check the availability status of another iPhone user before you make the phone call. The advantage for the caller would be avoiding being dumped into voice mail without knowing when it would be a good time to call. The invention is not something available to Apple users; it is only a patent filing, which was published Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office. The application was originally filed in February 2012. Inventors are named as Devrim Varoglu and Swapnil Dave. The patent title is “Methods to Determine Availability of User Based on Mobile Phone Status.” The status information might include more information than whether the person is free to take the call: Remaining battery life, time zone, current location, strength of the callee’s signal (if it is indicated that the remote mobile phone is in an area that does not have a good reception, the local user may decide not to call) and whether the callee is in some special mode—normal, vibrate, airplane. Explore further Anti-Spoofing Bill Would Protect Caller ID According to the patent, “if the remote mobile phone is operating in a vibration mode, a user of the local mobile phone may interpret that the user of the second mobile phone does not want to be called upon. In this example, the local user may defer calling or send an email or a text instead.”Apple’s patent would reduce uncertainty of how likely the callee would be able to return a call quickly, and the caller could decide, after viewing the status on screen, whether to complete the call or to use another communication mode such as email.On the callee’s side, the advantage might be a way to avoid rings that can interrupt an office meeting, or any other event.How it works: The iPhone owner sets preferences and user sharing policies on the iPhone, which then reports to the server at preset intervals. As such, the phone automatically reports the operating status and conditions to a server; the process is taking place in the background. On the caller’s side, the device would display the contact’s operating status data automatically. The patent makes note of why this would be advantageous as compared with conventional caller ID. “Caller ID service is conventionally available to provide a callee with limited information about a call for call screening purposes, with the callee usually having very few options to manage the call. In particular, for most callees, the only available actions are to accept the call or decline it by either not answering or allowing an answering machine or voice mail system to respond. The caller in such cases has no control over whether or not the call will be accepted.”More advanced Caller ID services can provide the callee with limited interaction with the caller to assist the call screening process, thereby giving both the caller and the callee more control over the call. However, despite the limited interaction, the caller still has no effective way of knowing when the callee is willing to accept their call.” © 2013 Phys.org Citation: Can you talk? Apple patent calls on iPhone status check system (2013, August 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-08-apple-patent-iphone-status.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Add your favorite websites to the Windows 10 Taskbar by Martin Brinkmann on August 25, 2017 in Internet – Last Update: September 17, 2018 – 12 commentsIf you want quick access to your favorite websites on Windows 10, you may add links to them to the Windows 10 taskbar to launch them with a tap or click on the icon.While some browsers provide you with built-in tools to pin sites to the Windows 10 taskbar, others don’t. Chrome and Microsoft Edge are in the first group of browsers, Firefox in the second.This guide provides you with instructions on how to pin sites to the Windows 10 taskbar in Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and practically any other browser.Pin sites using Google ChromeChrome 69Note: Starting with Chrome 71, you find the “create shortcut” option in the main menu and no longer under More Tools.Chrome 71Google Chrome makes it very easy to pin sites to the taskbar. Here is what you need to do:Open the site that you want to pin to the taskbar.Select Menu > More Tools > Create Shortcut.Enter a name for the website.Select whether you want it to open in a new window.Chrome drops the shortcut on the desktop right away when you select Create.Drag and drop the shortcut from the desktop on the taskbar to add it there.You can repeat the process for any site that you want to add to the Windows taskbar.Pin sites using Microsoft EdgeMicrosoft Edge is another web browser that makes it super easy to add sites to the Windows 10 taskbar.Here is what you need to do in Edge:Open the website that you want to add to the Windows taskbar.Select Menu > Pin this page to the taskbar.That is all there is to it. Repeat the process for any site that you want to add to the taskbar.Pin sites using Firefox, or other browsersFirefox and many other web browsers don’t support adding sites to the taskbar directly.While you can use Edge or Chrome for that, you may not want to use these browsers.It is possible to add any sites to the taskbar using Firefox, and making sure that it gets loaded in Firefox.The process is not as straightforward though. Here we go:Create a new Desktop shortcut that points to Firefox. Easiest option is to open the Firefox installation directory, right-click on firefox.exe, and select create shortcut from the context menu.The default 64-bit Firefox installation directory is C:\Program Files\Mozilla FirefoxThe default 32-bit Firefox installation directory is C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla FirefoxSelect yes when Windows informs you that the shortcut cannot be created in the Firefox directory. The shortcut is created on the desktop instead.Right-click on the new Firefox shortcut and select properties from the menu.Append the URL of the site that you want opened when you click on the shortcut, e.g “C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe” -url https://www.ghacks.net/Click on ok to save the changes.Right-click on the desktop shortcut and select “Pin to Taskbar”.Tip: You may want to change the icon of the shortcuts in Firefox, as they all show the Firefox icon by default. You can do that in the properties as well.Select change icon there, and pick another icon that is available. You may download the site’s favicon for instance and use that.SummaryArticle NameAdd your favorite websites to the Windows 10 TaskbarDescriptionFind out how to pin your favorite websites to the Windows 10 taskbar using Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Mozilla Firefox.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more Picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) have long realized the full potential of some digital modalities, but have not kept pace with the growing field of radiation therapy.In spite of all of their massive processing muscle and seemingly endless storage space, PACS for oncology until recently simply represented glorified archiving systems, some observers say. What the industry has needed in a PACS for radiation therapy is amultidisciplinary approach to oncology – one that assimilates the entire record of patient data, from images and treatment plans to dose planning data and a wide array of supporting information.“There are indeed technical differences between conventional PACS and RT PACS, but in sheer terms of innovation and complexity, the main challenge has been tying all of this massive data together in a unified, readable and understandable story that really tells whoever’s looking at the data, what happened to this patient,” said Dan Low, Ph.D., professor of radiation oncology and director, Division of Medical Physics, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis. Low also is associate professor of radiation oncology and associate professor of biomedical engineering.RT PACS still may be considered an emerging technology because innovation is progressing at such a rapid clip. But a growing number of radiologists and radiation oncologists in the outpatient care arena look at RT PACS as a must-have tool for radiation therapy.Why? One word: Productivity. PACS is proving to be an important strategy for keeping outpatient-focused physicians efficient and happy, as well as providing a new revenue source for multispecialty practices. The ability to digitally analyze, compare, store and transport the massive volume of information involved in cancer treatment is a major justification for a PACS investment today. With digital capabilities increasing the volume of images needed and stored, image management in radiation oncology is poised to become a major challenge.How RT PACS has EvolvedMost RT PACS on the market today have one crucial feature: The ability to display, store and manage DICOM RT objects. “This capability has become crucial to ensure accurate communication of information across enterprise-wide environments,” said Robin Hodownes, healthcare information systems product business manager, Carestream Health, St. Louis. Emerging systems today are also touting their ability to handle the increasing amount of image and other data generated in radiation oncology, such as 4D CT, cone-beam CT, ultrasound for daily localization and electromagnetic beacons for tracking.Norcross, GA-based Elekta IMPAC maintains that an enterprise solution is only one step in the evolution of RT PACS. Its MOSAIQ Oncology PACS was introduced in 2006. “Despite the tendency in information technology toward universal and enterprise-wide solutions, we believe that the reality of differing workflows dictates a specialty-specific PACS solution, particularly for oncology,” said Raven Turberville, a spokesperson for the company. “Radiology workflows tend to be rather linear in nature and quite different than the image-guided oncology workflow in which images, data and documents need to be reviewed at different times and at different stages throughout planning and treatment.“Most traditional PACS are designed for other medical disciplines such as radiology,” she added. “The adaptive nature of IGRT requires a PACS that doesn’t rely on isolated or specialized software or workstations.”RT PACS are in the formative stages of evolution. Some vendors market their PACS as dedicated oncology workhorses, while others have chosen to modify successful platforms to achieve what they believe to be the same ends.Palo Alto, CA-based Varian Medical Systems Inc. and Malvern, PA-based Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc., for example, do not currently market “dedicated” RT PACS systems, per se. Siemens has chosen to expand the functionality of its syngo Imaging PACS to support the oncology and radiation therapy application from a DICOM data compatibility, image processing and workflow point of view, said Henri “Rik” Primo, director, Marketing and Strategic Relationships, Image and Knowledge Management. “Two years ago we introduced support for RT objects. It’s not a PACS dedicated to RT, but a generic single imaging system,” Primo said. “This makes it possible to store all kinds of different DICOM RT objects, such as images, doses, structures, beams treatment, plans and bracket treatment records. “DICOM has defined a number of objects that are essential to enable connectivity between the radiology workflow and the radiotherapy workflow,” Primo continued. “Without having that workflow, it was still possible to use PACS for oncology by sending a DICOM image over the PACS to an oncology/radiotherapy planning workstation, but that image information had to be analyzed separately and then stored in the radiation therapy system. DICOM completely changed that.”Varian portrays its offering as dedicated to oncology.“We think of our ARIA OIS system not so much as a ‘vendor-specific’ solution as it is an ‘oncology-specific’ solution,” noted Erwin Nell, manager, systems marketing, Varian. Added Corey Zankowski, Varian’s senior director, product management, “The term ‘RT PACS’ is misused within oncology, and to our knowledge, no PACS exists that is specially designed for radiation therapy. Radiotherapy vendors currently offer departmental solutions for radiation therapy image and information management…but these are not full-featured PACS solutions.”Zankowski said unlike some radiology information system/PACS solutions that interlace two distinct systems, Varian designed its oncology information system to manage both patient images and information.“Initially, the Varian system served as a departmental RT treatment record-and-verify tool that supported the specialized RT work processes,” Zankowski said. “In recent years, we have been scaling it up to include information for managing medical oncology protocols, and turning it into a tool for managing the comprehensive cancer center. Scaling the system up to the enterprise management level does present us with some challenges. More innovation is still left to be done, and we have a strategy for getting there.”Workflow is KingThe promise of RT PACS hinges on one indisputable fact: An image management solution for radiology and radiation treatment is useless unless it helps clinicians do their jobs more efficiently.“It’s not sufficient anymore that we generate some images, pre-therapy and post therapy information, and then throw all the images over the wall into the oncology department where somebody will have to figure it out,” said Primo. “RT PACS has to be a complete connected workflow solution. This is a completely new concept.”Many vendors with whom Outpatient Care Technology spoke agree that oncology PACS need to fully integrate with existing radiology information systems (RIS). For example, one recent study found that 32 steps were required to conduct a specific study when using a nonintegrated RIS and PACS, compared to only nine steps with a fully integrated RIS-PACS.“The use of PACS is being driven by the need to efficiently communicate images and information,” said Carestream’s Hodownes. “Radiation oncology systems continue to offer specialized tools that are not found in PACS so the goal is to link these systems together to enable efficiency throughout the workflow, including the sharing and storage of information.”Toward that end, seamless integration seems to be the prize upon which vendors’ eyes are cast.“The barriers are mostly technology-related,” said Primo. “But I think that by creating this workflow solution, these barriers can be avoided. I have seen with our customers that the collaboration between radiologists and oncologists is only getting better, improving by having that seamless connectivity between their different workflows.“The main problem with nondedicated RT PACS is essentially the silo approach,” Primo continued. “It is important for the specialist to be able to access all imaging and therapy imaging data with a single query to a single location. With our syngo Imaging approach, all patient imaging studies and RT data reside in a single repository and auto-merges in one single patient folder. Thus, physicians can always find the data they are seeking in the common database or same logical archival repository. This is of course is not the case if the patient data and images reside in disparate systems. Conducting a search in disparate systems can be challenging and result in missing out on key images.”Turberville said some turnkey solutions on the market fall short. “Some vendors typically offer simple back-up and archiving solutions designed for use with specific devices, such as treatment planning systems,” she said. “Many times, these solutions consist of tape drive archives, which must be manually organized into physical file cabinets, making retrieval of images and data time consuming and problematic.”Still, Varian’s Zankowski said workflow issues remain one of the biggest obstacles for “true” RT PACS development. The other is “longitudinal context management,” which forms a clinical story line that makes sense of the myriad data packages or objects. “With respect to workflow, an RT department is unlike almost any other clinical department in healthcare,” Zankowski said. “In oncology, a patient is diagnosed and imaged, and then a treatment plan is created, sometimes by as many as three or four different clinicians. Then the patient receives a series of treatments over a course of 30 to 45 days. During treatment, numerous additional images are taken of the patient for daily accurate patient positioning, for trending changes in patient anatomy, and even for tumor response assessment. These images are compared with the treatment planning images on a daily basis. The sheer magnitude of images creates challenges. Most PACS are not set up to deal with this complex workflow.”Glancing at FeaturesFollowing are some common features and benefits found in leading RT PACS. (Examples are provided, but are not intended to be all-inclusive.)Scalability – This can be a key feature for growing outpatient treatment centers. “The key to accommodating and managing the ever-increasing volume of images and data sets, especially in image-guided radiotherapy, is having a PACS that is fully scalable and hardware independent,” said Elekta IMPAC’s Turberville. “Scalability is important as the storage requirements for 3D and 4-D images steadily increase, but equally important is the ability to add-on storage media and solutions that may not even exist today.”Ability to work with non-compliant DICOM images – “Many radiology PACS actually end up stripping off the RT component of DICOM RT objects so that things like dose maps and structure-sets can be lost during archival and retrieval,” said Turberville, who added that the company’s MOSAIQ Oncology PACS is designed to deal effectively with all DICOM and non-DICOM objects and data. Carestream Health says its Image Management Solutions platform provides the capability to store non-DICOM as well as DICOM data. “Legacy portal imaging systems create patient images on traditional analog films. These films need to be digitized and imported as secondary capture DICOM objects in the PACS,” said Siemens’ Primo. “This creates an awkward workflow.” Primo said the company’s Beamview Plus system hosts various portal imaging processing algorithms for enhancing the visibility of anatomical structures while reducing physical and anatomical artifacts. Primo said Beamview Plus can transmit these enhanced images in DICOM RT format to the PACS.Work with advanced modalities – Keeping pace with advanced treatment modalities is essential with oncology PACS. “Our big innovation has been to create an oncology information system that manages information and images in a way that is carefully structured to support RT workflow and RT processes,” said Varian’s Zankowski. Varian’s ARIA OIS, for example, supports the latest treatment technology innovations such as IGRT, SRS and RapidArc volumetric modulated arc therapy. Workstations and displays – Most vendors claim their systems eliminate the need for specialized workstations because of the level of integration they offer with RIS. For example, Carestream indicates its “virtual desktop” provides extensive capabilities required for a full reading cycle: image comparisons, access to priors, embedded 3D, customized hanging protocols and integration with RIS and more. Furthermore, Carestream notes its system has simultaneous 2D and 3D display, while the original study remains available at all times.Electronic medical record integration – IMPAC says that its MOSAIQ Oncology PACS seamlessly integrates with Elekta’s oncology information system, allowing easy and flexible access to data and images from within the context of the electronic patient record, independent of a planning or delivery system. Varian says its ARIA EMR capabilities allow users to effectively manage treatment for patients undergoing medical or radiation/proton therapies.Specialized tools – IMPAC indicates its MOSAIQ Oncology PACS allows for advanced image and data management functionality with automated life-cycle control. Carestream Health says that its system is one of the only PACS platforms that can provide native, integrated advanced visualization tools to help oncologists assess tumor response to treatment. These tools include 3D visualization and PET/CT fusion. Siemens’ True D is an advanced diagnostic application that runs on the company’s PACS workstation that enables physicians to easily compare patient scans from two different time points (e.g., pre- and post-therapy) on a single display. TrueD also allows a clinician to fuse images coming from PET or SPECT together with CT images. TrueD uses advanced visualization tools such as syngo FusedVision3D to display volume-rendered CT images fused with the functional PET or SPECT datasets, enables users to draw volumes of interest to calculate standardized uptake values within lesions, and allows saving and exporting of VOIs in DICOM RT format for use in radiation therapy planning. 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Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Air fares in the Asia Pacific region rose by up to three percent last year, as business travellers increased demand in China and Australia. According American Express Business Travel director of advisory services Carl Jones, the push in fares is a result of the stable economy and companies resuming their investment in business travel. “We’re beyond the post-GFC recovery, and have moved into a new environment,” Mr Jones said. “Companies resumed their investments in business travel in 2010. “That demand, coupled with slightly lagging airline capacity, pushed fares up across the Asia-Pacific region.” The region saw first and business class seats rise up to six percent in 2010, while discounted business class fares rose by four percent for the year. The US stood as the only country whose air fares stood still throughout 2010, however, Mr Jones added that he expects business travel to continue to thrive this year, as well as air fares in Australia and Asia to continue to rise as carriers reach “optimal capacity and volatility leaves the market”. “Economies such as Singapore are surging, and intra-regional partnerships are deepening; a good example of this is the resource relationship between Australia and China,” Mr Jones said “This contrasts sharply with Europe in particular, and Asia-Pacific will continue to widen the gap in growth for business travel this year.”
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Club Med offers a range of activities for tots to teens aged 4 months – 17 years old. The Kids Clubs are designed to care, educate and engage children in a fun and safe environment while allowing parents to have some quality time to reconnect whilst still enjoying a family holiday.On Club Med’s many ‘little ones services’, Madeleine Clow-Suares, General Manager, Club Med Australia and New Zealand says, “When parents write to me and explain just how upset their children were to leave, I know that we have something very special. We strive to create a happy environment for the whole family and we pay particular attention to the little ones. With over 50 years of know-how, highly-trained and loving teams, and award-winning facilities, we create moments the whole family can enjoy and cherish together…leaving time to get back to the important things in life.”A key differentiator of Club Med and why its resorts rate so highly with families, is the wide variety of activities for children, which cater to each age bracket – from 4 months to 17. Club Med resorts also offer babysitting services and evening Pyjama Club for children aged 2 to 10 years.At Club Med, every child has the opportunity to learn new skills, uncover talents and share experiences with new friends as well as family. Children as young as 3 years old are encouraged to participate in activities like golf, tennis and crafts, be bold on the flying trapeze or with circus activities, and gain confidence in performing on stage for resort guests including professional (and fun!) rehearsal, lights and costumes.Behind all the amazing services and activities at Club Med’s Kids Club are the highly trained team of passionate G.Os (Gentil Organisateurs) who staff the resorts.“Club Med takes pride in its global reputation for employing specially qualified and experienced G.Os, especially for Kids Club. All Club Med Kids Club G.Os have substantial experience in childcare, are First Aid qualified and undergo CPR training every six months. All manager are highly experience and hold a diploma or higher in Childcare, while all Baby Club Managers hold a Certificate 3 in Children Services,” says Madeleine.Kids Club G.Os are focused on ensuring each child feels unique, included and comfortable with the range of activities offered. Kids Club also provides Club Med’s youngest guests a chance to meet children from other countries and learn their language and culture with help from the G.Os, many of which speak multiple languages themselves, including English.Tamarra van der Zweep, an Australian Petit Club Manager at Club Med Phuket, says she enjoys making new connections with the children in her Kids Club as well as their families. “One of the most rewarding parts of my job is having families extend their stay because of the Kids Clubs – we have had three this season!” Tamara has anAdvanced Diploma in Child Care and Community Services, as well as over 11 years’ experience in childcare.Club Med are proud to celebrate this significant milestone and strive to continue to evolve their Kids Club offering, allowing them to cater to the entire family from youngest to oldest.The different Club Med Kids Clubs are: